Ray Dalio is the founder, chairman and co-chief investment officer of U.S.-based Bridgewater Associates, the world's biggest hedge fund. The firm, which he founded in 1975, has grown into the fifth most important private company in the U.S., according to Fortune Magazine.
He is an avid philanthropist with a particular interest in ocean exploration and conservation. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People by TIME Magazine. 
He is also the author of The New York Times bestseller “Principles: Life & Work.” 
Dalio started Bridgewater out of his two-bedroom apartment in New York City in 1975. The company moved its headquarters from New York City to Westport, Connecticut in 1981.
He ceded day-to-day management of the firm in 2011.
Dalio holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from C.W. Post College and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.
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